Christopher Redgate Oboes
Paul Archbold Laptop/ live electronics
Experiment and exploration are central concepts in our musical activities and in our programme planning.
These concepts are reflected in the performance of seminal works of the repertoire alongside recent or new works and improvisations. Our programmes also include works from the solo repertoire of the oboe and improvisations.
Our improvisations use not only the conventional sound world of the oboe but seek to explore some of the less conventional performance techniques creating interesting and exciting performances. Our improvisations push the virtuoso limits of the performer and take the instrument to its farthest boundaries. Other layers of boundary exploration take place through the intervention of the possibilities of the laptop.
Programmes and repertoire
Our programmes can include any or all of the following;
Seminal works for the combination – e.g. Holliger’s Cardiophonie
Recent works written for us – e.g. Archbold’s ‘...a little night music...’
Improvisations – oboes and laptop or solo oboe
Works from the contemporary solo oboe repertoire: e.g. Finnissy, Redgate,
We are constantly seeking new repertoire and so suggestions from concert organisers are welcome.
Many of our performances employ Max/MSP of course but a number of works include pre-recorded material and AI machines.
Workshops and master classes
As well as giving concerts we can offer as part of an event a range of workshops including:
Examples of classic repertoire
Holliger Cardiophonie for oboe, laptop and heart microphone
Roxburgh At the Still Point of the Turning World.
Examples of new works
Michael Young Argrophylax
Paul Archbold ‘...at little night music...’
David Gorton Errinerungsspiel
Christopher Fox Headlong